Russian news agency reported the body of writer Chingiz Aytmatov will be flown to Bishkek from Germany on June 12, an official from the state commission for funeral arrangements told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
A civil funeral will take place at the National Philharmonic Hall on June 14, following which Aitmatov will be buried at the Ata-Beiit memorial complex near the village of Chon-Tash, the report said.
Near this village, located 20 kilometers south of Bishkek, a mass grave of Kyrgyzstan's public figures - executed by firing squads in the 1930s -- was found 15 years ago. Aitmatov's father Torekul Aitmatov was among the victims.
The commission for funeral arrangements is headed by state secretary Nur Uulu Dosbol.
Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced June 14 a day of mourning.
Aytmatov died in hospital in the German town of Nuremberg on Tuesday. He was hospitalized to an IT ward of a Kazan hospital with renal insufficiency and septic shock on May 16. The writer was taking part in the shooting of a documentary in Tatarstan's capital to mark his upcoming 80th birthday in December. On May 19, Aitmatov's relatives decided to send the writer for treatment to Nuremberg.
Kyrgyzstan announced the year 2008 a year of Aitmatov. In Turkey, a committee was set up to nominate him for Nobel Prize in literature.
The death of the famous Kyrgyz writer is a great loss not only for the Turkic countries, but also the whole world, Turkish President Abdullah Gul stated on Wednesday.
Chingiz Aytmatov's works serve the development and mutual exchange of cultures in the Turkic world. "His outstanding unforgettable works will live on and remain in our hearts. His work as one of the most important persons in the world of literature and his contribution to our epoch will always be remembered warmly and with respect," Gul noted.
Kyrgyz Ambassador to Russia Raimkul Attakurov said a book of condolences would be opened at the Kyrgyz Embassy starting June 12.
"The book of condolences will be open for three days," Attakurov said.
The Embassy said it would assist all those wishing to attend Aytmatov's funeral.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have expressed condolences on the death of Chingiz Aytmatov.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Haziran 2008, 12:23